Film on Jewish man’s interracial passions to hit Dutch cinemas


THE HAGUE (JTA) — A film about a Jewish man’s sexual obsession with black women is set to receive one of the biggest movie premieres in the history of Dutch cinematography.

"Only Decent People" will premiere Oct. 10 in 12 cities across the Netherlands, the entertainment news site Nu reported this week. Screenings will feature live performances, and one Amsterdam cinema will hold a Q&A session with Robert Vuijsje, the Jewish author of the best-selling novel upon which the film was based.

The book, published in 2008, is about 21-year-old David Samuels’ exasperation with his affluent Jewish family and friends in Amsterdam. It then follows his quest in the U.S. and elsewhere for a black lover who is both “authentic” and intellectual.  

The novel has won two major national book prizes and sold more than 100,000 copies.

Next month, the cast will travel to Suriname, a predominantly black ex-colony of the Netherlands in South America, to attend the feature film’s premiere there.

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